Farmhouse table

So the table has actually been done for awhile, but with the busyness of March so far I hadn’t even had time to take pictures of it— but now she can finally have her debut—–

Isn’t she a beauty fish………..
(if you don’t know what I’m talking about go listen to Brian Regan- I love him he makes me laugh so hard 🙂
So if you recall the before:
Lovely hunter green-hmmm–
I originally bought it just for the chairs, but after getting it home and noticing the lovely shape to the legs, I figured we’d at least try to see if we could make it into something that I’d like.
So after a visit to Knock off wood and falling in love with the farmhouse table that she made I figured we could just rip the old tile table top off of this one and replace it with wood planks- (Thank you so much Ana for the idea and plans)
For more detail about that process visit my post here
Anyways I ended up finishing the table with some country white paint for the legs with a pecan glaze over top of it to strengthen the finish and add a little bit of distressing color to it.
For the top I first did a whitewash of a yellow paint so the grain of the pine didn’t stand out as much and than stained it pecan and than on top of the pecan stain and mostly around the edges I used a gel walnut stain- I also used the walnut stain very lightly around the legs, and than a few coats of satin poly on the top to make it a little shiny and protect the finish.
The Chairs– I lightly sanded and than painted one coat of a dark brown/black (can’t remember the name of it), than I used walnut stain over it– it deepens the color but leaves a little bit of the undertone so it doesn’t look so flat and gives it a harder finish- the chair tops I finished like the table top minus the whitewash.
I love her and all her imperfections– and I don’t worry about the kids hurting it- let the fork jabbing commence she needs more character :)– sometime I want to build or find a bench for her so we have more seating– what do you think should I use these plans and make the top of the bench match the table?? Either way it’s gonna have to at least wait till after the baby is here– I’m so in my third trimester and the tiredness has hit big time!
Here’s the Cost breakdown:
Table and Chairs- $60
Wood for top and supports underneath- $30
Paint- I already had some left over in both colors–Brown and white– but a quart at Wallyworld is around $8
Stain- already had it— that’s the good thing with many projects 🙂 but to buy would have been around $12
So Total cost for me was $90 and some time– not to shabby I don’t think for a whole new kitchen set.
Jamie Blake

This table is incredibly beautiful! I love, love, love it! 🙂

Phil and Ronnie

WOW! What a gorgeous table. I LOVE it… you guys did an amazing job… and for not a bad price. We priced tables a few years ago- and you came in great! How’s the pregnancy?


Oh, jealous. Jealous, jealous, jealous. And I’d totally go for the bench. That’s what I want anyways;). Can’t wait to see all of your projects. And the wedding photo looks great. I don’t even want to share what I took…ugg.


Alicia- this is GORGEOUS. I am so impressed (not to mention more than a tad jealous of your carpentry skills!) Really, it looks amazing.

Ana White

Ali, your work needs to be in magazines! This table is absolutely beautiful!


Wow your table is gorgeous !! I even love the plants on top of the table…what are they? Once again amazing job!

Hi I'm Amy,

SO FABULOUS! I have table and chair envy


It looks so nice, I love it! Good job!

wells angel momma

You might want to make sure you doors are all locked cause I might have to make a trip to denver and steal this…haha no seriously i love it!

wells angel momma

sorry colorado springs…my bad if i went to denver i would have a hard time finding you…


That table is fabulous. I can’t wait to look at more of your projects!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum

Oh that’s great! I’ve never heard of I don’t think staining over paint before! Do you wait completely for the paint to dry and then put the stain on it then? It looks so fabulous! Really beautiful.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky)

Fabulous transformation. You’ll have me looking at tables in a whole new way now!

Barry and Shannon

oh my heck! I LOVE IT!!! me next! straight out of a magazine! way to go.

Teresa Pomerantz

I also never would have thought to put stain over paint- but I have a sample piece of wood out there drying right now. The stain is still wet so I can’t see how it is really going to look yet but wow, it gives dimension to the paint. I do have a question- did you paint, sand, then stain? Should I sand after the stain and then put the poly on?

beth kruse custom creations

great job! it looks so good!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum

Teresa, let me know how it turns out, I’m very curious about it. What color did you paint the wood before the stain, then what color stain did you use?

Ramsey Revell

I would NEVER EVER know you only spent $90 on that! Pottery Barn all the way…I LOVE it!


thanks everyone for the so nice comments– so made my day 🙂 Teresa and Spencer&Lorilyn I am slightly adventurous with the whole painting thing– (paint is an artform right)-so I don’t always follow the standard rules I guess- I wait till the paint is completely dry and I don’t sand in between and than I just apply the gel stain almost like I’m painting it again and I don’t wipe much if any off– for the white paint with the pecan stain over it it isn’t a gel stain and I just wipe it on when the paint is dry– Don’t know what rules I’m breaking but I’ve had some pieces of furniture that I’ve done that to for years now and I’ve seen no issues so far– Hope that helps thanks so much for your comments

Beth@The Stories of A to Z

I’m new to your blog. Came over from Knock Off Wood, and I just LOVE what you’ve done. Your table and chairs are absolutely beautiful! Stop by sometime.


Your style is fantastic! I LOVE this! I never would have thought to do darker chairs with the white table legs, but it works so well!! This ought to be mass-produced, but then it probably wouldn’t be $90 would it. 😉

Margo Blue

I absolutely love your table and chairs……… I want them so bad.. We are finishing making our Farmhouse bed from Knockofwood. I so want the farmhouse table now… Thanks for sharing! :O)


just came over from Ana’s K.O.Wood site. Isn’t she fantastic? And you did a fantastic job here with your set too. I am so inspired, and just waiting to start projects….she keeps posting everything i NEED!


I’m finding old ward member’s blogs.
I LOVE all the great ideas you have!
Congrats on baby #3. Hope all goes well.


Fabulous! Just FAB-U-LOUS!

The Bailey's

You have totally inspired me! I have been wanting a new dining set. The table is “ghetto” and the chairs are so worn out and ugly. Now I know I can make the table and just refinish/stain my chairs to match. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and saving me having to buy new chairs. Great ammunition to give the hubby in talking him into helping me with the table:) Good luck with baby #3!


Hey, can I ask how you whitewashed the table top? Did you just mix water into your paint, or did you actually use a whitewash? It came out beautifully!


Oh Alicia, I LOVE THAT TABLE! You’re my DIY hero!


Hi. I just stopped by from KOW and have thoroughly enjoyed browsing your archives. You are so very talented and your family is just beautiful! I think that you have a wonderful mix of family and “other stuff” here. I am following.


P.S. Congrats on the newest itty bitty.


I absolutely love your kitchen table! Beautiful!

I’m your newest follower! = 0


This is absolutely beautiful! I really love it, I am going to feature this as a party highlight on Saturday.

Thanks for linking up!


That is an awesome table. It looks great where you have it. Great Job on the finish. It is very hard to get a good distressed finish.


Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures

I saw your table featured on Remodelaholics. I just had to go to your blog. Your table is amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing how you painted it. Things to keep in mind if I ever try to stain pine. Love the conversation with your husband too.


this came out fantastic!


Fantastic! I love what you did with that table and chair set.


Amazing! The table looks like you spent a lot of money on it! Great job!


nice work! i’m impressed!

Team Eternal

This table is incredible! I am building the same one and wanted to paint it black but my new cupboards are white so I think that’ll throw off the warm colors I have throughout the house… so I think your stain would be perfect to tie everything in. It is absolutely gorgeous! How do you stain over a white (or in your case, yellow) wash? I didn’t think that was possible… what kind of yellow paint was it? If you are willing to share your secrets, I’m sure there would be more than me who would love you forever for it 🙂 Thanks!


Great job, I found a farmhouse table on CL and rush chairs also in green. Did you spray paint or brush paint the chairs?


AMAZING! Looks wonderful! It looks like it belongs in a pottery barn catalog!

Funky Junk Interiors

Gorgeous! This is so inspiring. I agree with Ana.. magazine worthy without a doubt!

I just came across a wonderful sofa table at a thrift that resembles your kitchen table as is sooo much. I have to go get it! TODAY!! Oh please please please still be there… I know what you can look like now! 🙂



I found your table via CSI. Just had to stop in and tell you how fantastic it looks! I just love it. I’m do tend to look at great legs on tables but you really don’t notice them much when they are green!

Jen @

Wow – what an amazing transformation! It looks so professional! I love it!

Thanks so much for linking up to The CSI Project’s hardware Store Challenge! We hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge — The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!



Your table is beautiful. I have a question though, right now I am working on a vanity that I had made for one of the bathrooms. It is made out of alder and I stripped the paint off and distressed it a bit and stained it. The staining part turned out beautiful but the the poly part is driving me nuts. It keeps sagging. I’ve tried using thin coats but I just can’t keep from have a mistake or two on there.

I have striped it back down and going for it again. Do you have any tips. I would love to hear from someone who knows.



Amazing! I would never quess this was “homemade”. Great job.


My Husband and I just LOVE the table you redid. I was so inspired by what you did, I drove an hour to a Flea Market today to buy a table just for the legs. And a found one for $20! I’d like to send you a picture of it and get your opinion on weither or not I should build a new apron for the table or just build an apron around the existing one. Thanks for your help.

Jen @

Congratulations on being picked as one of the top projects in the Hardware Store challenge. Someone left a comment that the link wasn’t working for your project. We just fixed it.

We hope you can link up tomorrow for the Martha Stewart challenge!



hi ali! i just came across this project of yours and was wondering what paint brand and color you used for your chairs? i’m getting ready to refinish an oak bench and love the color you chose. thanks!


I fell in love with your table as soon as I saw it! My husband loved it too, so…we’re making our own right now! 🙂 Posted our progress last night and gave credit where credit is due:

Thanks so much for the inspiration! XO

~Karla @ It’s The Little Things…


Beautiful table! Love it! Thanks for sharing. I am going to keep my eyes open for a set like that and will make my own! Love all of your stuff. Just started rehabbing old furniture myself, have done a few chairs. Definitely bookmarking your blog for future inspiration.


Hi Ali,

I was wondering if you could expand on how you did the table top. To whitewash it did you just dilute a yellow paint with water and lightly coat it? Also, for the pecan stain, was it liquid or gel? I’m about to start making my own, but I’m nervous that it won’t turn out as good as yours! Please help 🙂



Just came acroos your blog and I have been hoping to do this to my small breakfast table! Thanks for the inspiration! Yours came out beautifully!


I’d love to know how the finish on your farmhouse table is holding up after a year of use. I’m asking because my DH made the table for me, but I’ve got to stain and finish it myself! Would you mind letting me know if the satin poly finish is “tough enough” for everyday family use? Do you use placemats? Would a drink left on the table leave a ring? Thanks for the inspiration and the courage to do this!!


Christa aka The BabbyMama

Awesome! I’m essentially doing the same thing with my old Ikea table and I’m pretty excited. Now that I see your boards, I kind of want to see if I can slip a knife between the wood bits to get a little more def.


Great project! Love the transformation. Amazing what sweat equity can do! Glad to have found your blog as well. I’m Ally from Home by Ally. Stop by soon at and don’t forget to follow me!

-Ally from Home by Ally

Hyrum and Elsie

I love your table but I have to ask.. how do you keep it clean? I have a table kind of like that, but it’s got those gaps in between each slat of wood. I like the table but I am so ready to get rid of it just because I cant deal with all the little bits and pieces of everything getting stuck there. help! 🙂

Ali Foster

It’s a constant struggle 🙂 I usually take a butter knife after I’ve wiped it down and just run it through the gaps to get any gunk out but yes a big pain! The price you pay for a look- that is the only thing I do not enjoy about this table